Sentey is a newcomer to the case and power supply market, and today we are going to check the quality of one of their flagship products, the Arvina GS-6400R mid-tower case, which comes with lots of features.
Before proceeding with our review, we’d like to leave a constructive criticism to Sentey. This company is clearly run by people who their first language is Spanish, not English. You can clearly see on their website that the product categories in the URL are loaded in Spanish (e.g., “Gabinetes” instead of “Cases”). The problem, however, is the amount of English errors throughout their website. Some sections are labeled in Spanish (“Calculadora PSU” instead of “PSU Calculator,” “Descargue Fotos en HD” instead of “Download Pictures”), and most texts written in English contain basic grammar and spelling errors (“All the tools needed to maximum performance” instead of “All the tools needed for maximum performance,” “The SENTEY cases have an advance design to improve the control of termperature” instead of “temperature”). They also come to the absurd of having a product called “Vulcano” (instead of “Volcano,” which is the correct spelling in English – and the joke is that not even in Spanish volcano is spelled that way). If Sentey really wants to survive in the ultra-competitive US market, they ought to hire someone to revise, test, and fix their website.
That said, let’s get back to the product. The Arvina GS-6400 is available in three different colors, black (GS-6400), blue (GS-6400B), or red (GS-6400R). We reviewed the red model (GS-6400R), which has a really cool looks.
The air intake opening available on the left panel is used by two side fans that are located inside the case. This opening features an air filter.
The front panel of the Sentey Arvina GS-6400R can be seen in Figure 3. The first thing you will note is the presence of a memory card reader on the top part, supporting the CF, MD, XD, SD, MMC, TF, and MS formats. Five 5.25” bays are available, and the top two come with a bezel to hide your optical drives, so the front of your optical drives will be hidden. The other three bay covers are meshed and feature air filters.
The Arvina GS-6400R has a 140 mm fan at the bottom part of the front panel, cooling down the hard disk drive cage, and glowing red when turned on. No technical information about this fan is provided. The case has an air filter in front of this fan.[nextpage title=”Introduction (Cont’d)”]
The top panel of the Sentey Arvina GS-6400R can be seen in Figure 4. Below the big black mesh there are two 120 mm fans that glow red when turned on, and you can replace them with two 140 mm fans. No technical information about these fans is provided. The GS-6400R features an air filter on its top panel, which is overkill, since the top fans work blowing air from inside the case to the outside.
The Arvina GS-6400R comes with four on/off switches for its fans, as you can see in Figure 5. It also comes with four USB 2.0 ports, one SATA port, and a standard SATA port, and a standard SATA power connector. The case comes with the cables required to use these connectors.
The bottom panel has an air filter for the power supply fan and for the optional bottom fan.
The rear panel and the interior of the Sentey Arvina GS-6400R are painted black. The power supply is installed on the bottom part of the GS-6400R. The case comes with seven expansion slots with vented covers, and a small ventilation mesh above the area where expansion cards are installed. Two holes protected by rubber covers are available for hoses of liquid cooling solutions. One 120 mm fan identical to the ones used on the top panel is available on the rear panel, and also glows red when turned on.
Let’s now take a look inside the Sentey Arvina GS-6400R.
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Both panels of the Arvina GS-6400R are fastened to the case using black thumbscrews, but you also need to press a latch to release them. In Figure 8, you have an overall look at the inside of the GS-6400R.
The two 80 mm side fans are installed on a bracket that is really easy to be removed, as it features a quick disconnect mechanism. Translation: you don’t need to remove or reconnect any power plug when remove or reinstall this bracket. These side fans glow red when turned on, but the manufacturer didn’t say their technical specifications.
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The motherboard tray has a big hole around the area where the CPU is installed, allowing access to the backplate of the CPU cooler, so you can replace the cooler without having to remove the motherboard. The motherboard tray also has several holes for you to route cables behind it. The motherboard tray has an opening behind the hard disk drive cage, making it easy to route and hide the hard drive cables.
In Figure 12, you have another overall look inside the case. Expansion cards are fastened to the case using individual screwless mechanisms.
This case supports video cards up to 13” (330 mm) long.
Note that the power supply can be installed with either its bottom fan facing up or facing down, so you can decide if you want the fan of your power supply pulling air from inside the case or from outside of it.
You can install a 120 mm or 140 mm fan at the bottom of the case, and the bottom panel has an air filter for the power supply fan and for this optional fan.
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The Sentey Arvina GS-6400R comes with five external 5.25” bays and five internal 3.5”/2.5” bays, all featuring screwless mechanisms, except the bottom-most 5.25” bay, which require the use of regular screws.
The hard disk drive cage is removable, and each bay is actually a small drawer. The installation of 3.5” hard drives is done without the use of screws, but for installing 2.5” units you will need to use regular screws. The good news is that all 3.5” bays support 2.5” devices.
The Arvina GS-6400R comes with a small toolbox, shown in Figure 17.
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The main specs for the Sentey Arvina GS-6400R case include:
- Style: Mid-tower
- Application: ATX and smaller form factors derived from this one
- Material: Zinc-coated steel (SECC)
- Power supply: Doesn’t come with the product
- Available colors: Black (GS-6400), red (GS-6400R), or blue (GS-6400B)
- Side panel: Solid with air intake
- Dimensions: 20.5 x 8.4 x 21.6 inches (520 x 214 x 550 mm) (H x W x D)
- Net weight: 26 lbs (11.8 kg)
- Gross weight: 31 lbs (14.2 kg)
- Bays: Five external 5.25” bays and five internal 3.5”/2.5” bays
- Expansion slots: Seven
- Maximum video card length: 13” (330 mm)
- Maximum CPU cooler height: NA
- Fans: One 140 mm fan on the front panel, two 120 mm fans on the top panel, one 120 mm fan on the rear panel, and two 80 mm fans on the left side (all glowing red with on/off switches)
- Optional fans: One 120 mm or 140 mm fan on the bottom panel, top fans can be replaced with 140 mm models
- Extra features: Memory card reader
- More Information: https://www.sentey.com
- Average price in the US*: USD 130.00
* Researched at Amazon.com on the day we published this review.
The Sentey Arvina GS-6400R provides lots of features for its price tag, being a product clearly targeted to the user who wants a case with lots of features but doesn’t want to pay a lot for it. The quality of the internal plastic parts could be better, and if you are a freak for quality, then it’s better if you look for a different product.
- Two bezels to hide optical drives
- Bay covers are meshed featuring air filters
- Comes with six fans
- Air filters for the front, side, top and bottom fans
- Individual on/off switches for the fans
- eSATA port plus standard SATA connector and SATA power connector
- Memory card reader
- Supports five 2.5” devices
- Screwless mechanisms on four of the five 5.25” bays
- Screwless mechanism on all internal 3.5” hard drive bays
- Holes with rubber covers for liquid cooling solutions
- A hole in the motherboard tray for accessing the backplate of the CPU cooler
- Holes for routing cables behind the motherboard tray
- Nice overall looks
- No anti-vibration mechanisms for the hard drives
- Quality of plastic parts is not the same as found in better-known brands
- Website is written in really bad English, even though the company is American